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|James C Hagerty|
|10th White House Press Secretary|
January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961
|President||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Preceded by||Roger Tubby|
|Succeeded by||Pierre Salinger|
May 9, 1909|
Plattsburgh, New York
|Died||April 11, 1981
Lawrence Hospital, Bronxville, New York
James Campbell Hagerty served as the only White House Press Secretary from 1953 to 1961 during the administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower. He holds the current record of longest-serving press secretary in U.S. history, and is the only press secretary to serve two full presidential terms.
After his family moved to New York when he was 3 years old, James Hagerty attended Evander Childs High School in the Bronx, before enrolling in and graduating from Blair Academy, which he attended for his last two years in high school. After leaving the White House network in 1975, he continued to write for the New York Times right up until his death.
"One day I sat thinking, almost in despair; a hand fell on my shoulder and a voice said reassuringly: cheer up, things could get worse. So I cheered up and, sure enough, things got worse."
"If you lose your temper at a newspaper columnist, he'll get rich or famous or both"
Hagerty appeared on the TV panel show What's My Line in March 1957 during his tenure as Press Secretary.
- Papers of James C. Hagerty, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library
- Finding aid for James C. Hagerty Oral History, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library
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